Thursday, September 20, 2007

In Case You Haven't Heard...

This whole HPV vaccination has flooded Canadian news for about 6 months now. It seems there are about 3 camps on this one. The 'I'll shoot myself up with anything the government says is good for me group' , the 'I won't put anything in me God didn't make-health nut group', and the 'how dare you assert my little Sally may become sexually active in the next 3-5 yrs-moral outrage group.'

Firstly regardless of any sexual implications made by the acceptance of this vaccine do we really need to add one more complexity to a child's life. I mean let's face it, humanity had survuved for thousands of years without this sort of thing,why start now. Afterall the best way to learn is through experience; but all this protecting children 'ad-nauseum' stuff is annoying. We all learned fine and got along fine without bike-helmets, ridalin and 'safe playgrounds'. So why can't our kids learn the same way we did. I'm all for improving things and preventative education but I believe the lack of 'live and let live' experiences of our children accounts for much of the social immaturity and lack of street smarts of kids today. If you look at much of the daily living knowledge you or your parents possessed it was likely a result of making mistakes.

My anti-vaccine stance will likely be part of another blog but in the mean time I ask the question, do we really need another vaccine to screw up our young girls immune systems and hormones? 'The Pill's' long lasting ill effects are bad enough let alone a new under tested vaccine that will cause untold of reproductive harm.

This whole thing is a another story of killing several people to 'possibly' (and I use that term with great caution) save a few hundred people. The experts are saying that the HPV vaccine in the long run will only save 17% of persons infected with HPV from developing cervical cancer. Meanwhile many, many people who are allergic to ingredients in this vaccine will likely die or be damaged for life. All because of a 17% chance of saving others? Not a worthy gamble in my mind. If anything those persons infected with HPVshould be left to reap the consequences of their promiscuous lifestyle.

Above all the creators of the vaccine are over looking one huge point. Persons infected with HPV developing cervical cancer is only a miniscule portion of the cancer equation. There are several hundred other factors I would work on limiting before I even looked at this path, diet being first and foremost!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Food For Thought #1

Would you rather enjoy all your favorite treats on a regular basis and do minimal exercise and movement and die at 50? Or would you rather restrict your indulgences to an occasional basis and get out and move your body and live to enjoy life to 100 or more?

You see being a healthy person isn't about being deprived and overworked it is about planned indulgences and strategic,effective work, celebrating your body and all it can do. If you are careful you can actually pack in twice as much fun and enjoyment into a long life as you could in a short life filled with reaching for every whim. Not to mention with the indulgent life you would be living the last few years of your life in pain and misery.

Signs of Life

The modern medical community when assessing a patient is really only conerned with the surface level health. They check your vital signs, pulse, blood pressure, breathing rate, temperature, etc. While these are all valuable they don't really give enough of a picture of what is going on inside your body. They merely give a glimpse of your state in an attempt to find out if anything is blatantly wrong. My advice to you is to follow the signs of life I have below as an indicator of your health. Paying attention to these things can worn you of potential problems weeks, months, or possibly years (many times 10yrs or more). Alot of these things people mistake for age. That these 'signs' I have listed below are mean't to decrease and disappear. I will tell you this is false. Ideally if you work daily to improve your health these Signs of Life should always be with you. The decline of these areas is more an indication that your health is slowly declining.

1) Ability to get up and go. While we all have bad mornings we should be able to get up and go at the sound of an alarm or a startling noise. Within seconds of being woken up from a deep slumber we should be able to move and reason as if we had been awake for hours.

2) Libido. Simply put your sex drive should be a tell tale factor in your health at all stages of life. While it may drop a bit with age, generally speaking you should feel a general sexual energy at least once or twice; or more, throughout the day. Not that you would necessarily act on that urge but to know that you still have the potential is a great sign of vitality. Hand in hand with this is fertility and the ability to conceive children in a brief period of time. If either the man or the woman or both in a relationship aren't healthy they will have difficulties conceiving. Some very simple changes in health can turn this around.

3) Ability to survive on minimal sleep for a short period of time. While I am not condoning sleep deprivation I will say that people who cannot function decently if they don't get 8hrs of sleep or more are probably not very healthy. You should have within you the physical reserves and stamina to push through a few days of less than optimal sleep and still function at a high level. A high level of fitness and perfect nutrition are your keys to managing lack of sleep.

4) Mental Clarity. This is one that I am seeing more and more... or should I say less and less. Fuzzy thought, fuzzy memory, poor memory, poor ability to make decision quickly and confidently, etc. A healthy person should have a sharp memory. They should be able to sort through their thoughts quickly. They should be able to make decision quickly and easily without tossing the issues back and forth for hours or days.

5) Poor digestion. No, reaching for the antacids after a meal isn't normal. Common maybe, but normal no. If you are healthy you should be able to digest a fatty, greasy meal without massive heartburn and gas. Secondly you should be eating healthy enough that you never experience these problems in the first place.

6)Poor skin quality. Acne, rashes, chronically dry skin, and various other chronic skin conditions are a huge reflection of whats going on in your body. If your intestinal health and diet is truly good you should not have acne. Candida and other intestinal imbalances frequently manifest themselves as eczema and other such conditions. Unfortunately poor skin isn't just skin deep.

7) Regularity. That's right you should be able to go to the bathroom frequently and almost effortlessly. You shouldn't have to squeeze and 'work it out'. You should be able to go, bare minimum, once per day. But even that is unhealthy, really a healthy person should need to go 3-5x per day or think of it as going as many times as you eat.

8) NO naps! A healthy person shouldn't need a nap. Don't get me wrong we all have days that we need to crash but it should be the exception and not the norm. Again exercise, diet and proper sleeping patterns all play a role here. More and more I am hearing of young individuals who 'need' a nap when they get home from a 6 hour shift just to get through their evening of sitting and watching TV.

9) Sleep through the night. People who get up frequently throughout the night and toss and turn are often unhealthy. Frequently they made a poor food choices before bed, frequently they are stressed out, they are overloaded with stimulants, etc. A healthy person will sleep deeply and continuously throughout the night.

10) Shouldn't need stimulants, especially a boat load of coffee to get through the day. This is self explanatory. If you give your body what it needs (i.e. water and proper nutrition) it will produce it 's own energy.

11) Headaches. This is something else that people think is normal. Once again it is common but not normal. Headaches are caused by one of the following: head trauma, nutritional deficiency, dehydration, high blood pressure from over exertion, muscular tension in the neck, toxicity, sleep deprivation, surrounded by high levels of noise for long periods of time. There are probably more but my point is they are all preventable and definitely none of them can properly be fixed by popping pills. Most of all headaches should not be a daily or weekly occurance.

Check yourself against this list frequently. There are more signs of life I will likely share later on but this should give you an idea if you are headed for trouble or if you are pretty healthy.